U.S. diplomat Thomas Shannon, left, smiles towards the press as he walks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, after a private meeting with President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, met with Maduro during a visit meant to help jumpstart dialogue with the South American nation that faces mounting political strife and economic hardship.
U.S. diplomat Thomas Shannon, left, smiles towards the press as he walks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, after a private meeting with President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, met with Maduro during a visit meant to help jumpstart dialogue with the South American nation that faces mounting political strife and economic hardship. Ariana Cubillos AP
U.S. diplomat Thomas Shannon, left, smiles towards the press as he walks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, after a private meeting with President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, met with Maduro during a visit meant to help jumpstart dialogue with the South American nation that faces mounting political strife and economic hardship. Ariana Cubillos AP

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